Could EA Burns be Britain’s Friendliest Business?

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Ethical jewellery label in the running for £10,000 cash prize.

London-based jewellery brand EA Burns is in the running for Britain’s Friendliest Business Award, making the shortlist with its sustainable approach and customer service.

The Haringay business was launched by stylist and designer Lizzie Burns in 2011. It is one of 20 finalists in the running for the award, which is sponsored by small business funding provider Liberis. EA Burns specialises in high impact, modern statement accessories and has stockists including Darkroom, OOAK, lko lko, Copenhagen and Bengt.

The company has also teamed with ethical jewellery maker MADE for a range of jewellery that was sold exclusively through Asos.

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Burns will receive £10,000 cash prize if she and her business are named the winner. The company has impressed judges to date with its use of sustainable materials, its bespoke service and the fact it never says no to a refund, repair or exchange. Burns is even said to cook lunch for her team every day.

EA Burns also works with suppliers and contractors that are all UK-based and as local as possible in a bid to keep small British firms working together.

Liberis chief executive Paul Mildenstein said: “We’ve been bowled over by the quality of entries and the obvious passion and devotion that Britain’s small businesses give to make sure their customers get the very best service. They should all be celebrated, but EA Burns really stood out.”

The finalists now need to win as many Facebook Likes as possible as part of the final stage of the competition. The number of Likes received will be considered by the judges when they make their final decision on the winner.

The winner and two runners up of Britain’s Friendliest Business competition will be announced at the end of February.
 

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